Are you going the limit or missing the point? The effect of English expressions in English as a lingua franca.
This study investigates the potential effects of the presence and respectively the absence of idiomatic language use in business related emails on the perceived comprehensibility of those emails and the perceived competence of the writer of those emails. Additionally, it is tested whether any effects can be found of whether the writer is a native or non-native speaker of English on the perceived comprehensibility and competence. The perceived comprehensibility and competence are evaluated by Dutch L2 speakers of English. This leads to the following research question and sub questions: “To what extent do idiomatic expressions influence the judgements of texts and speakers in an ELF setting”; “To what extent do L2 speakers of English evaluate the presence of idiomatic expressions as making a text more comprehensible and the writer more competent than the absence of idiomatic expressions?”; “To what...
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